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Agency stamps – the good, the bad, and the ugly

In my opinion one of the greatest wrongs in stamp world is to say stamps of specific country are junk. A more true version would be to say that stamps of specific agency are “junk”. And this is basically the topic of this post. Giving you an overview of the various stamp agencies out there, their histories and impact from collector point of view. The good and bad, who did what, where and when. This is by no means a precise history lesson, but more of a collection of tidbits, observations and opinions that thirty years of active stamp collecting have taught me. If you are unfamiliar with term ‘stamp agency’ here’s the plot: stamp agency takes care of the stamp production on behalf of the postal administration of specific country. The agency undertakes any tasks they are assigned – usually including (but by no means limited to) coming up […]

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